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Bernadina leaves for father’s funeral

Mar 28, 2012, 9:06 PM EDT

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Outfielder Roger Bernadina is leaving Nationals camp to return to his native Curacao following the death of his father.

Bernadina informed manager Davey Johnson earlier this week that he would need to head home for a funeral, which will now be held Friday. Johnson told him he was free to leave today, but Bernadina wanted to get a few at-bats in minor-league camp. He’s scheduled to fly out tomorrow, then return in time to play Saturday against the Cardinals.

It’s been a difficult offseason for the 27-year-old outfielder. He was good friends with Greg Halman, an outfielder with the Mariners and teammate on the Netherlands national team who was stabbed to death in November.

Bernadina has performed well in recent days, collecting seven hits (two of them home runs) over his last 10 at-bats while driving in seven runs. With Michael Morse likely opening the season on the disabled list, he could see time as the Nationals’ starting left fielder along with Mark DeRosa.

  1. MicheleS - Mar 28, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Thoughts with Bernie and his family.

  2. Anonymous - Mar 28, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    Condolences to Roger Bernadina and his family.

  3. Mark'd - Mar 28, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    So sad to hear. Then you have to read his name in trade rumors with commentary that Rizzo doesn't care for him. Whatever Rizzo, put your personal feelings aside and let the Shark attack!

  4. Section 222 - Mar 28, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Mark'd, where did you read that Rizzo doesn't care for Bernadina?

  5. NatsJack in Florida - Mar 28, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    MLB Trade Rumors…… John Morosi posted that Rizzo isn't enamored by Bernadina.

  6. NatsJack in Florida - Mar 28, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Sorry. It was Ken Rosenthal that posted the Bernadina info.

  7. NatsLady - Mar 28, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Trade rumors with comment on that Bernadina is not "a favorite of Rizzo's"Trade rumors

  8. Cwj - Mar 28, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Very sad indeed :(My thoughts go out to Bernadina and his family.

  9. Cwj - Mar 28, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    * I meant "my thoughts are with Bernadina and his family."

  10. natsfan1a - Mar 28, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Condolences to Bernadina and his family.

  11. Anonymous - Mar 28, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Rough stuff for Roger.

  12. DWS - Mar 28, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Thoughts and prayers for this young man and his family.

  13. Gonat - Mar 28, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Section 222 said… Mark'd, where did you read that Rizzo doesn't care for Bernadina? March 28, 2012 5:25 PM ______________________________NatsLady, thanks for the link. Its a shame it became public on the same day that the Shark lost his father. I will keep my mouth shut on it although I am fairly certain that Steve discussed this last season.

  14. SCNatsFan - Mar 28, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Tough road for Bernie. This might really effect him, I hope he does OK, that's a difficult road.

  15. David - Mar 29, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    My condolences.

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